Rachel’s great lengths to raise cash for cancer chairty

Rachel Hiley (left), who has had her head shaved for Greenlea oncology unit at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, with best friend Rachael Litjens.
Rachel Hiley (left), who has had her head shaved for Greenlea oncology unit at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, with best friend Rachael Litjens.
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A DEVOTED friend has said goodbye to her locks to raise around £3,000 for a cancer charity.

Rachel Hiley had her head shaved to support her best friend, Rachael Litjens, who has lost her own hair while having chemotherapy for lung cancer.

Rachel, 43, of Hipperholme, said her newly-shorn style had left her a bit chilly. But she added: “It’s just hair. It will grow back and for £3,000 I think it’s well worth it.

“I’m not a vain person and it’s nothing compared to what Rachael and other cancer patients are going through.”

The cash will be given to the Greenlea Oncology Unit at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, where 42-year-old Rachael, of Northowram, is being treated.

“The hospital has been fantastic with her so it was a way of giving a bit of something back,” said Rachel.

Her hair was chopped off at the Yew Tree pub, Northowram, by hairdresser Helen Moran, who then gave her a number one with the clippers.

She has given her locks to The Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs for children with cancer.

The staggering total was raised through sponsorship and a raffle.

The school attended by Rachel’s nine-year-old daughter Millie – St Chad’s in Hove Edge, Brighouse – also held a wacky hair day that raised more than £200 for the cause.

Northowram Junior and Infant School, where Rachael’s sons Kyle, 18, and Keir, 16, went, is planning a similar fund-raising event soon.